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Security => Phishing, Spam and Hoaxes => Topic started by: Pete! on June 23, 2020, 03:48:36 PM

Title: Outdated Firefox ... New Scam?
Post by: Pete! on June 23, 2020, 03:48:36 PM
I was just browsing the "Google News" page.

I clicked on an interesting looking headline.
My browser froze for a short time.
When the new tab opened, it was a page telling me I had an outdated version of Firefox.
The download window opened (without my consent), with a file that contained the word "Firefox" but was otherwise unfamiliar.
I closed the download window and the tab.
The download window opened again.
I closed it again.

"Help" + "About" reassures me that I'm up to date.

BE CAREFUL OUT THERE !
Title: Re: Outdated Firefox ... New Scam?
Post by: Pete! on June 23, 2020, 07:16:56 PM
Follow up:
The same link appears clean now.
The MercuryNews (a California based news site) must have been hacked, and then cleaned up.
OR ... Google had a contaminated redirect link.
Title: Re: Outdated Firefox ... New Scam?
Post by: Corrine on June 24, 2020, 03:45:49 PM
Thank, Pete.  (https://www.sysnative.com/forums/images/smilies/sysnative2_PROD/thumbsup2.gif)
Title: Re: Outdated Firefox ... New Scam?
Post by: Pete! on June 24, 2020, 05:22:44 PM
Thank, Pete.  (https://www.sysnative.com/forums/images/smilies/sysnative2_PROD/thumbsup2.gif)
A quick search indicates that it's NOT NEW. It just happened  to be the first time I stumbled upon it.

I guess it could also have been an ad that the Mercury News didn't screen thoroughly.